Just as Shortstown suffered a reversal of fortune in 1921 with the crash of the R38 and the cancellation of new orders history sadly repeated itself in Oct 1930 with the R101 tragedy. In the following months most of the R101 crew member's widows and children left the village and many of the R100 families returned home as all airship plans were abandoned. However massive airship construction was not the only industrial activity on the site as other parts were used for gas production and balloon research and these continued so numbers of residents did not decrease as much as one would suppose with the loss of the airships. (The R100 was broken up in 1931 and sold for scrap). Again analysing the electoral registers it appears that 47 of the families who lived in Shortstown between 1925-1930 still remained in the village until at least 1934 wiith approximately 17 still living there after WW2, certainly some of the original R100 crewmembers were still here in the 1950's. The fact that the site could still provide work for these people is a testimony to the diverse nature of the units operating there.